- There are multiple audiences for most mass communication messages and different audiences must be considered at different stages in the information strategy.
- Communicators must understand the characteristics and expectations of their audience(s) as they start their information strategy.
- Key to identifying the most “high-value” audience is understanding the hoped-for result of creating the message.
- Developing a list of questions that can be asked about the audience is the first step of the message analysis process.
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
- brainstorm the variety of potential audiences for a message.
- consider the different attributes or expectations that specific audiences might have and how they affect the development of your information strategy.
- articulate message “purpose” and understand how the intended message outcome informs the choice of message audience.
- develop a set of questions that will help identify “high-value” potential target audiences for a messages.